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Slideshow based on book: ‘Welcome Back to the Catskills’


July 24, 2014

MONTICELLO, NY — Oscar Israelowitz will present a slideshow based on his book “Welcome Back to the Catskills” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The Catskills were the summer retreat for thousands of New Yorkers for over 100 years. The program features many of the grand hotels such as Grossinger’s, the Concord and the Nevele, which all served as the training ground for some of the greatest entertainers in the world, including Sid Caesar, Eddie Fischer, Robert Merrill and Neil Sedaka.

There is a discussion about the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the Roebling Bridge over the Delaware River. There is a section devoted to the Ontario & Western Railroad, which predates the Quickway (Route 17). There is also a discussion about the Jewish farmers who moved to the Catskills from the “big city” around the turn of the century. They could not survive as farmers, so they transformed their farmhouses into boarding houses. The result was the creation of over 1,500 summer resorts.

His book is included in the library collection and will also be available for sale from the author at the program. For information call 845/794-4660.